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Becky Talks Sun Tzu for Small Business on The Michael Dresser Show

June 23, 2014
Becky Sheetz-Runkle, author of The Art of War for Small Business: Defeat the Competition and Dominate the Market with the Masterful Strategies of Sun Tzu, appeared on The Michael Dresser Show. Michael features national and global authors and experts to discuss business and financial areas of interest. He’s known for getting to the heart of the issue at hand with his thought-provoking talk.Find out why Michael said The Art of War for Small Business should be in every school–and the White House. Listen here: Becky Sheetz-Runkle-6-11-2014 M Dresser radio.

The Best Management Advice from ‘The Art of War’

January 6, 2014 – Inc.
We’ve broken out a few of the best pieces of business advice from the timeless classic.

“A wise general makes a point of foraging on the enemy. One cartload of the enemy’s provisions is equivalent to twenty of one’s own, and likewise a single picul of his provender is equivalent to twenty from one’s own store.”

This sentiment is pretty much universally applicable to business. Something obtained cheaply or for free is vastly more valuable than drawing from company cash or savings to buy it. In practice, that means both looking for things that are underpriced and having funds available when demand and prices are low.

Read more of Sun Tzu’s advice here.

Sun Tzu Predicted Republican and Tea Party Defeat over 2,500 Years Ago

November 6, 2013 – Conservative Daily News
Well before the government shutdown had begun Zbigniew Mazurak writs, “I knew it was a supremely stupid idea and a fight that would gain nothing for Republicans and the Tea Party (other than further damage of their image in the American people’s eyes), and I warned my friends on Facebook who thought it was a good idea they were wrong. . . I was right, and those who argued otherwise, including Tea Partiers, were dead wrong. But another man had predicted Republicans’ and Tea Partiers’ defeat much earlier – in fact, over 2,500 years ago. His name is Sun Tzu. Read more about Sun Tzu for political strategy.

Op-Ed: Beres At Harvard: Facing a Nuclear Iran with Sun-Tzu

October 31, 2013 – Harvard National Security Journal/Ha​rvard Law School
Louis René Beres, professor of Political Science and International Law at Purdue University, first wrote about the modern applications of ancient Chinese military principles, as articulated specifically in Sun-Tzu’s classic, The Art of War, over ten years. He writes that Israel is at the eleventh hour with respect to any remaining unilateral options for preemptive self-defense against a steadily-nuclearizing Iran, and tells how Sun Tzu’s ancient principles could signify a possibly last opportunity to learn something genuinely indispensable. Read more about a nuclear Iran and Sun Tzu.

The Art of Stalemate

October 9, 2013 – Huffington Post
In watching this “Art of Stalemate” play out in front of our eyes, it’s important to remember Sun Tzu’s lessons from The Art of War. One point the great general makes is, “All warfare is based on deception.” The same goes for politics. A long time ago, I learned in politics, you don’t listen to what people say; you have to watch what they do.

Read more of Ryan Banfill’s Huffington Post piece on political strategy and Sun Tzu here.

Epic “Art of War” Series to be Produced in Rare Chinese-Japanese-U.S. Collaboration

Michel Shane, executive producer of Catch Me If You Can and I, Robot, has forged an unusual collaborative alliance with the Chinese government, artists, investors, and Japan’s Genco Inc. and Flamingo Features to produce an epic television series based on The Art of War by Sun Tzu.

Read more here.

Sun Tzu Beats Out Clausewitz & Mahan

In a vote on who was the greatest military theorist ever over at the Naval War College FB page, Sun Tzu beat Clausewitz & Mahan!

Intercultural Advice from Sun Tzu from the Culture Wizards

In Sun Tzu’s book, Art of War he says:

If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.

In today’s global business environment, these words are interpreted as such: “If you know your adversary, you’ll win half of the time. If you know yourself, you’ll win half of the time. If you know yourself and your adversary, you’ll win most of the time. If you know neither your adversary nor yourself, you’ll lose every time.”

Conducting business in Asia can be an exciting and rewarding venture, while it can also be both very fulfilling and a source of deep frustration to the uninitiated. For this discussion, I’ll use Asian and Western countries as general points of comparison. And, I’ve identified three very basic business interactions:

Read more on this article by the Culture Wizards here.

Mora philosophy: Just beat ASU

Jim Mora might have caught up on his reading list during the bye week.

After UCLA’s Wednesday morning practice, the first-year coach acknowledged Saturday’s game at Arizona State could mean a lot for the Pac-12 South race. And he did so while nodding not only to another hemisphere, but another millennium. “Not to get all philosophical, but Sun Tzu said, ‘Opportunities multiply as they are seized,'” he said. “(The Sun Devils have) taken advantage and put themselves in a position where they can do some good things if they can finish strong. And we can do some good things if we finish strong.”

Read more on this article by Jack Wang in the Orange County Register here.


 NHL shifts negotiating gears mid-race, tries to seize the high ground in PR war.

It’s good to occupy the high ground. For one thing, the weather’s usually better. There are also strategic advantages, as Chinese military tactician Sun Tzu observed 2,500 years ago, so it can’t be a surprise the NHL would try to clamber up and unseat the NHL Players’ Association in the public opinion version of king of the castle.

Read more in this article by Sean Gordon in the

Defense Budget Cuts Will Hurt American Strategic Planning

It’s a refrain familiar to every Washington policy wonk and political science graduate student: Chinese philosopher Sun Tzu’s famous admonition about the need to “know your enemy.” Less remembered is the second half of Sun Tzu’s prescription for success on the battlefield—to “know yourself.” Today, as a result of looming defense cuts and potentially catastrophic drawdowns in the federal budget, the United States is drifting in the direction of not being able to do either.

Read more in this article by Ilan Berman in


Apple Maps, China and Sun Tzu

When facing a powerful opponent on a field of combat Sun Tzu advises, in the  Art of War, to attack the weakest points. This is what Apple has done to Google by choosing China as the best venue in its challenge to Google Maps.

Read more in this interesting article by Shel Israel in